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(turn on rant) Welcome to ACI 318 Appendix D.  Once again a major code writing entity has slain a mighty paper dragon.  It now takes half a grown tree just to design a few anchor bolts; sheeez! (turn off rant).

ACI 318 Appendix D "does" allow you to take advantage of supplemental reinforcing steel (refer to Section D.4.2.1 and it's commentary).  The problem is that ACI came up with a rocket science thesis on how to design anchor bolts but provides no guidance on how to take advantage of supplementary reinforcing steel.  To me this is a total let down of ACI and I have brought it up several times with Dr. Ghosh during his seminars and from his response I believe he totally agrees.  There may be other or better documents but you might try finding a copy of  ACI 349 Appendix B from the early to mid 1980s.  Hard to believe we have to go back 25 year to find a document to help us design to a 21 Century code.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.

"Christopher Banbury" <cbanbury(--nospam--at)>
09/11/2007 05:26 PM
Please respond to seaint
embed plate design

I am looking for guidance on the design of steel embedment plates primarily subject to shear loads. In particular I am looking at a weld plate with anchor rods cast in a concrete column that supports a steel beam. I am unable to get the connection to work using Appendix D methodology. ACI 318 Appendix D seems to be overly conservative for calculating the capacity of the embedded anchors as it does not give significant credit for the reinforcement intersecting the failure plane.
I have had similar problems with concrete piers subject to shear and uplift loads.
Thanks in advance.
Christopher Banbury, PE
Ark Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 10129, Brooksville, FL 34603
22 North Broad ST, Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone: (352) 754-2424
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